Not philosophical questions, not even intellectual questions.  Nope, the lovely Sonya from The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock'n'Roll Mum has challenged me to answer some questions about myself.  So I will totally understand if you want to wander off now.

Anyway, here are her questions and my answers:

What was the first record you ever bought?

There is no way that I'm going to admit to the first 45 that I bought, in my defence I was only 13 at the time and had led a very sheltered life up until then.  But the first LP I remember buying was the 1979 That Summer compilation of fabulousness.  I had to go for a hunt in the attic to find it, but that means that I'm going to share with you the entire list of songs, so I can wallow in nostalgia for a few minutes:

 A1 –Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 
 A2 –Mink DeVille, Spanish Stroll
 A3 –Elvis Costello, (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
 A4 –Boomtown Rats, The She's So Modern
 A5 –Zones, New Life
 A6 –Only Ones, The Another Girl, Another Planet
 A7 –Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
 A8 –Patti Smith Group, Because The Night
 B1 –Boomtown Rats, The Kicks
 B2 –Ramones Rockaway Beach
 B3 –Undertones, Teenage Kicks
 B4 –Eddie And The Hot Rods, Do Anything You Wanna Do
 B5 –Ian Dury And The Blockheads, What A Waste
 B6 –Nick Lowe, I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass 
 B7 –Elvis Costello, Watching The Detectives
 B8 –Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blank Generation

What is your favourite biscuit?

I don't really eat biscuits any more, but if I did, I would choose Scottish shortbread eaten in Scotland after a walk on the hills.

Who would you most like to go out on the lash with and why?

This one really stumped me.  Excluding family, friends and bloggers, so no-one gets jealous, I finally picked a politician turned broadcaster who makes me laugh in the mornings, even though his politics are very different to mine.  He also has a book out right now that apparently doesn't include any really shocking revelations.  But I reckon if I got a few drinks into Ivan Yates, he'd be very entertaining, and he just might reveal a few political secrets...

Who is your blog crush?

Not being 100% sure what this means, I'm picking a blogger who inspires me with her tireless campaigning for those less fortunate.  It could only be Michelle at Mummy from the Heart.

When are you happiest?

Easy.  On the beach.  Any beach will do.  Preferably with my children.

What is your favourite word? 

This nearly gave me sleepless nights.  I'm a words person, and there are so many that I love, but have I been able to remember any of them since I saw this question?  No, I haven't.

But here's a few anyway:


Do you have a secret talent?

Does wiggling my nose count?  As a mature woman, it's not something I demonstrate very often any more.

What book would you recommend to me?

As a formerly rock n roll mum, it really should be a rock biography and I have read a few of them. And I'd like to read yours too one day.   The one that sums up the rock and roll life for me - and it's a cracking good read - is Scar Tissue, by Anthony Kiedis.


Right, now I have to ask some questions and tag some bloggers.  So here are my questions:

1. What's the first thing you do in the morning?
2. What's your favourite colour and why?
3. What did you wear to your first dance/disco/club night out?
4. If you would live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
5. If you had a million pounds/euros to spend on good causes, what would you do with it?
6. What's the proudest achievement in your life so far (excluding family)?

I'm hoping that the following bloggers will answer these questions:

The Bright Side of Life
Northumberland Mam
Midlife Singlemum


  1. Scar Tissue is a great read, and I am not even a big Chillis fan! That is a great compilation album - packed with classics! Ooh wallowing - I like that word! Thanks for joining in xx

    1. It was great fun, thanks for the tag Sonya xx

  2. Very cool answers. But now I feel old since I probably had that record in 1979

  3. Love your answers :-) And I thought Boomtown Rats only had one song... ( probably because I wasn't even born in 1979!!). I'm right with you about the beach and thanks, I've learned a new word today: wallowing (and I like it!)

    1. I wonder which Boomtown Rats song (of many lol) you've heard of? Glad you like one of my words :)

  4. Great post! Interesting and fun. I presume the word 'lash' means 'piss'? (Excuse my language!)
    I am in.... just give me a couple of days! :-)

  5. I love these type of posts. Great fun read.

  6. Ookay..... finally got a blog post out so now I get to check this out. Looks like fun but will have to give it some thought...note things down as I think about them kind of thing :-) xx

  7. Oh... and I love the sound of your first LP! I'd love it even now!! xx